West Ham make emphatic January transfer decision after development - report
By Emma Sanders
West Ham have abandoned their January pursuit of Callum Paterson, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the Premier League club were keen to agree clinch a deal this month for the Hearts defender but have postponed plans to sign him after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week’s win over Kilmarnock
The right-back, 22, had been watched by West Ham and the report claims they had planned one “final scouting mission” before making their move.
It is a devastating blow for Paterson, who hoped to make a dream move to the Premier League but will now face nine months on the sidelines after suffering ligament knee damage.
“It’s desperately disappointing news for Callum [Paterson] because West Ham’s interest was very serious indeed. They were on the brink of making an offer and that would have been an incredible move for the lad,” a source close to the discussions told the Daily Record.
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“But there is no indication that they’ll be back when he is fit and it’s a similar story with all of the clubs that has been showing interest from down south.”
Paterson picked up the injury during the 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock last Tuesday and Hammers’ scouts were planning on watching him during Friday’s clash against Aberdeen but the trip has had to be called off.
The young full-back is out of contract in the summer and had hoped to seal a move to West Ham but will now have to bide his time and hope for other offers.
As well as interest from Slaven Bilic, the youngster had attracted a number of championship clubs including Derby and Wigan and he could still leave Hearts in January, though it is unlikely.
Paterson scored nine goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for Hearts prior to his injury and eight of those were scored in the Scottish Premiership.
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